18 items from 2011
Fall of the Last Empire - 1911
Legendary action star Jackie Chan (Rush Hour trilogy, Drunken Master, Operation Condor) marks the milestone of his 100th film with 1911, debuting on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD January 10 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
From the walls of the Forbidden City to the battlefields of China, with no expense spared in production and no detail ignored in its quest for historical accuracy, making 1911 a true epic in every sense of the word.
The film details a key moment in modern Chinese history—the fall of the Qing Dynasty—and the violent rebellion that brought it down. In addition to Chan (who also co-directed with cinematographer Zhang Li), the film also stars Li Bing Bing (Triple Tap), Winston Chao (The Wedding Banquet, »
Legendary Amazons is the latest movie brought to us by director Frankie Chan, Based on the legendary story of the widows and daughters of the Yang family who lived during the Song Dynasty.
Jackie Chan is the producer of the movie and at the premier of the movie he spoke about a certain part he actually wanted to play himself, “It’s a pity I’m a man,” he said, “I really wanted to portray a heroine of the family.”
At the attendance in Beijing, along with Jackie Chan and director Frankie Chan were Cecilia Cheung, Cheng Peipei, Liu Xiaoqing, Kathy Chow and Chen Zihan. Jackie and Frankie have worked on movies together in the past such as Operation Condor, Outlaw Brothers and also Drunken Master 2. You will recognize Frankie manly in the Wing Chun based movie The Prodigal Son.
The action choreographer for the movie is one of my »
Since 2006, the Paris Korean Film Festival (Festival Franco-Coréen du Film, opening today and running through October 18) has screened a wide variety of Korean films in the Latin Quarter of the City of Light. This year, the Festival and Mubi are presenting a generous sampling of 17 films you can now watch for free.
Joe Seung-yeon's Rough Education (image above) tells a story of young friendship in the 80s. Little white lies lead to some pretty serious fibbing in Nam Yeon-kyung's Lies. A new teacher struggles to connect with school kids whose previous teacher has commit suicide in Koh Su-kyung's Bad Education.
In 0.201, Ko Seok-heui reveals the ways history resonates in today's Seoul. Sin I-soo shows us a Seoul few are likely to have known in Dear Lara.
Choi Sung-eun's Dead Drunken Master is a martial arts comedy about an office worker trying to teach himself to drink alcohol. A beauty shop »
"Everyone steals from everyone, that's movies." The guys in Swingers knew it and we all know it too. Everyone who has ever made a movie has been influenced by someone before them; even the people who invented the art form had influences from outside film. Of course many people innovate, only to to have their techniques ripped off later, but it's almost impossible to find something that is 100% original in every aspect. That's more or less the thesis of the video series Everything is a Remix, produced by Kirby Ferguson. He produces videos (some of which we've highlighted on the site ) that visually show how some of our favorite movies borrow from movies before them. Ferguson is still working on the fourth installment of the series, but in the meantime he has released a video dedicated to the 1999 hit film The Matrix by The Wachowski Brothers. Part of the reason »
- Germain Lussier
Fantastic news for fans of Hong Kong Cinema both old and new! Today the Hong Kong Film Archive announces arguably its most ambitious film programme to-date: 100 Must-See Movies. Director of Programming Sam Ho and his dedicated team have ploughed their way through the archive's 90,000-strong collection to present 100 of the very best films the city has produced, from Benjamin Brodsky's 1916 silent A Trip Through China to Johnnie To's 1999 masterpiece, The Mission. The broad selection is a treasure trove of classics and previously undiscovered gems. There are obvious but essential choices like Tsui Hark's Once Upon A Time In China, Yuen Woo Ping's Drunken Master and John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, as well as martial arts classics like King Hu's Come Drink With »
In last week's poll, Jackie Chan squared off against himself in a situation not unlike the Jackie Chan movie Twin Dragons. Although it was a hard fought battle, in the end The Legend of the Drunken Master (aka Drunken Master II) came out on top, just barely sneaking past Jackie Chan's first major hit in the U.S., Rumble in the Bronx, to claim the title of Best Jackie Chan Movie. The other movies in the top 5 were Rush Hour, Drunken Master and Police Story respectively, and while there were all fairly close, a noticeable gap separated them from the remaining choices. Pulling up the rear was Project A, an earlier Jackie Chan flick that hardcore fans seem to love, but I suspect that it hasn't been very widely seen. Are you happy with these results? 1. The Legend of the Drunken Master -- 19.1% 2. Rumble in the Bronx -- 18.4% 3. Rush Hour »
We are hearing that Jackie Chan’s 1911 is all set to be the second opening film of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival along with Paul Ws Anderson’s Three Musketeers.
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Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) announced today that “1911,” starring and directed by the international superstar, Jackie Chan (“Drunken Master”, “Rush Hour” and “Shanghai Noon”), has been selected as the special opening film for the 24th Tiff. Also, Jackie Chan will be making an appearance at the festival.
The 24th Tiff will be held from October 22 to 30, 2011 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.
The flick is also Chan’s 100th film. Watch the trailer for it below.
- Paul Heath
Asian Film Monthly is a movies.com column that rounds up recent notable theatrical releases in Asian countries to see what's hot and what might be coming to the Us. China According to the Weinstein Co., Americans will only attend Asian movies if they contain one of the following words: legend, fight, or dragon. Thus, Drunken Master 2 became The Legend of the Drunken Master, Fong Sai Yuk became The Legend, and so forth. The distribution outfit's tradition of retitling films continues with Peter Chan's Wu Xia, which has been re-christened Dragon for its forthcoming U.S. release. Wu Xia, or Dragon if you please, opened in China recently after playing at Cannes in May. In his review for Love Hk Film, Kevin Ma called it "2011's Hong Kong film to...
True Legend aka Su Qi-Er
Directed by Woo-ping Yuen
Written by Chi-long To
(2010) Hong Kong
Beggar Su is the old man who trains Wong-Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) in the drunken fist style in the first Drunken Master, not coincidentally also directed by Woo-ping Yuen, so this film acts as a prequel to the Drunken Master films, explaining how Beggar Su came to be a drunk.
The film starts with Su Qi-Er as a successful and respected general alongside his two best friends Ma (Xiaodong Guo) and his blood-brother Yuan Lie (Andy On). After a thrilling rescue of a kidnapped Imperial prince, Yu is offered a position as governor and advised to send the erratic Yuan into exile. Instead, Yu gives his sword to Ma, retires from the army and ensures that Yuan gets the post as governor.
Yu Qi-Er’s problem is that True Legend is not just a prequel to Drunken Master, »
- Michael Ryan
Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films being made available by Netflix for instant streaming. Important Note: There may be some films that do not become available on the specified dates. This is merely a report of the most accurate release dates I can find, but is not directly confirmed by Netflix themselves.
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2010)
Streaming Available: 06/29/2011
Synopsis: Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks’s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic’s comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century, »
- Travis Keune
Title: True Legend Director: Yuen Woo-Ping Starring: Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun, Andy On, Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh, Guo Xiaodong, David Carradine An unusual sort of prequel to the influential 1978 Hong Kong martial arts comedy “Drunken Master”, starring Jackie Chan and Simon Yuen, Chinese import “True Legend”, from respected fight choreographer and filmmaker Yuen Woo-Ping, arrives Stateside following a fairly disappointing theatrical run in Eastern territories, and it’s fairly easy to understand why. A bloated period piece epic that features a generally nice blend of CGI-assisted blood-letting and fantastical, “Matrix”-y punches in which people fly through wooden support beams and stone fixtures (more on this later), the movie never gets »
It's the time of year when Austinites like to be outside -- not too hot, and usually not rainy (although you never can tell). Some of this week's new movies may lure you into a nice climate-controlled theater, though.
Interesting note: Two of the movies opening this week played SXSW this year, one played SXSW in 2010, one premiered in Austin last year during Fantastic Fest, and one previewed at Cine Las Americas last month.
Movies We've Seen:
Bridesmaids -- I missed the rough-cut premiere at SXSW, wondering why in the world I'd want to see some girly wedding-y chick flick, anyway. Turned out I was completely wrong about this smartly written comedy that women won't find patronizing and that anyone might find funny. (Except my mom, who would walk out offended after the opening sex scene.) Read my review for more details. (wide)Everything Must Go -- This Will Ferrell »
- Jette Kernion
Directed by: Yuen Woo-ping
Written by: To Chi-long
It's fairly common to see a humble warrior rise to greatness in film - especially within kung fu movies - but it's not quite as common when the rising warrior is also completely and utterly out of his mind.
Su Can (Vincent Zhao) has it all together when things are going reasonably well. He's just led an army through a crushing victory as its general, and is on his way to being promoted to governor. Humble to a fault, he instead passes the promotion onto his brooding foster-brother, and returns home to study his beloved Wu Shu and spend time with his wife and son.
He might have made a better choice; it turns out that his foster brother, »
- Tristan Sinns
The name Woo-ping Yuen may not sound familiar to general filmgoers, but you don't have to be a martial-arts film fan to have witnessed Master Yuen's contribution to the action movie industry. Best known to the general populace for his contribution to The Matrix and Kill Bill series, Yuen is an international legend due in part to his action/fight choreography and martial arts direction. He's often credited with playing an integral part in action/martial arts star Jackie Chan's career by casting and directing him in the 1978 classic martial arts film Drunken Master.
One would think that with over 40 years of experience under his belt, the 65-year-old Yuen would be ready to rest on his laurels -- not so, as he returns to the director's chair for the first time in almost 15 years with True Legend, a Fantastic Fest 2010 selection that returns to Austin on Friday for a »
- Debbie Cerda
Though he's hardly a household name (at least in the United States) it's no exaggeration to say that Yuen Woo Ping is one of the most influential filmmakers on the planet. As the director of 1978's "Snake in Eagle's Shadow," Yuen helped launch the career of Jackie Chan and define his unique style of comedic kung fu. He went on to direct or choreograph the fights in almost every major Chinese martial arts film of the last quarter century, and when he brought his unique style to America in "The Matrix" in 1999, he revolutionized the way Hollywood action films were made for years. Yuen Woo Ping's new film as both director and fight choreographer is called "True Legend," but it's a title that might just as well be bestowed upon Yuen himself.
In honor of "True Legend"'s U.S. release this week, we asked Yuen to do something »
- Matt Singer
Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.
Sorry, folks… there are simply too many great films streaming this week to post an image for them all, but that’s a good thing, eh? You’ve got your movie watching work cut out for you, due in great part to Miramax releasing damn near their entire catalog of films on one day!
B. Monkey (1999)
Streaming Available: 05/01/2011
Director: Michael Radford
Synopsis: Good-hearted schoolteacher Alan Furnace (Jared Harris) desperately wants some excitement in his life — and he may just get some. One lonely night at a London bar, Alan spies the raven-haired beauty Beatrice (Asia Argento) arguing with two friends, Paul (Rupert Everett) and Bruno (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Beatrice quickly befriends Alan and »
- Travis Keune
A trailer for Yuen Woo Ping’s True Legend is finally online. The film opened last year in Asia and in the UK, but hasn’t yet been released anywhere in North America. For anyone unfamiliar, Yuen Woo-ping is renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema. He began directing in 1978 with Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow, starring Jackie Chan, followed quickly by Drunken Master launching Jackie Chan as a major film-star. He has worked with the biggest stars in Hong Kong and in some of the biggest movies, including with Sammo Hung in Magnificent Butcher (1979), Yuen Biao in Dreadnaught, Donnie Yen in Iron Monkey, and Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in Tai Chi Master and Wing Chun.
Yuen’s works, particularly his action choreography on Fist of Legend (propably the greatest martial arts movie ever made), attracted the attention of the Wachowski brothers, »
- Kyle Reese
 A new trailer has just been released for True Legend, an upcoming film by influential director and fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping. Yuen made his name as a director back in the '70s with movies like Drunken Master, but has recently focused more on action choreography, for films including The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kill Bill and Kung Fu Hustle. True Legend is his first directorial effort since 1996. As you might guess, it is a martial arts actioner. Vincent Zhao (Once Upon a Time in China), Zhou Xun, Jay Chou (Kato from The Green Hornet), Michelle Yeoh and David Carradine all star. Watch the trailer after the jump. The action in this trailer does indeed remind me of the stuff we've seen in his recent choreography work, and that's a good thing -- it looks like great fun. As for the plot, which appears to revolve around two brothers destined to fight each other, »
- Angie Han
18 items from 2011
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